Friday, August 2, 2013

When Lolla Comes Knocking



Photo from Lollapalooza Facebook page.

I’ve decided to tear off the opening part of Slumgullion this week and post it as a separate entity. Hopefully, the rest of Slumgullion will follow soon.

Lollapalooza hits Chicago today for its annual weekend bash, loaded with familiar names like The Cure, New Order, Smith Westerns, Thievery Corporation, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Killers, Lana Del Rey, Little Green Cars, Matt And Kim, Court Yard Hounds, The National, The Lumineers, The Postal Service, Mumford And Sons, Wild Belle, Tegan And Sara, Two Door Cinema Club, The Vaccines, Vampire Weekend, Beach House, Phoenix, and Cat Power. But there are also several lesser known acts worth discovering, if you only had the means to find out about them. Fortunately, there are publications for that.

The Reader, New City, and Innerview each provide an extensive roundup of all the acts participating in this year’s Lollapalooza. The Illinois Entertainer has Curt Baran’s cover story/interview with Lolla founder Perry Farrell. The Reader and New City are available in newspaper boxes scattered around The Loop; the Reader, New City, Illinois Entertainer, and Innerview can be found at the Reckless Records store at 26 East Madison downtown; the Reader, New City, and Illinois Entertainer can be found at Graham Cracker Comics at 77 E. Madison. There are also Lollapalooza stories in the Agenda section of the Chicago Sun-Times and the On The Town section of The Chicago Tribune. So print is not dead.

Time Out Chicago has a Lollapalooza feature at its online site, and of course, there’s always the official Lollapalooza site. 

Out of town people or those who couldn’t score tickets but still crave the Lollapalooza experience can tune into WXRT, which is once again devoting a great deal of airtime to the event. The Chicago FM radio station will feature music by Lollapalooza artists throughout the weekend and offer exclusive in-studio and after show performances. Marty Lennartz, host the weekly Big Beat alternative music show, will periodically give live reports from Grant Park.

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